In 19.5% of households in Scotland with working-age
residents no-one living there has work. They are consequently
much more likely to be reliant on benefits and living
in poverty. 29% of Scottish households (621,000) contain
one or more people with a disability or long-term illness.
Despite equal pay legislation, women in Scotland earn
only the equivalent of 72% of men’s average weekly
The Scottish Green Party believes that a green society
is a fair society. We only have one planet and that
means that it is not possible for people to continue
to consume more and more. Living within the bounds of
what the planet can provide us means that we have to
share things more equitably. This principle of equality
extends not only across rich and poor: it also means
respect for all social groups, whether characterised
by age, ethnicity, cultural background, religion, sexuality
Scottish Greens are also committed to the principle
of environmental justice, which can be understood as
no more than a fair share of the planet’s resources,
no less than a decent environment for all. The ‘environment’
in this context is considered in its totality to include
the ecological (biological), physical (natural and built),
social, political, aesthetic and economic environments.
Greater respect for the earth’s resources cannot
co-exist with the oppression of one group by another.
Scottish Greens therefore believe in a future in which
not only the planet but also all of its inhabitants
are put before the interests of profit or the state.
Government initiatives can often be over-complex, centralised
and bureaucratic and fail to address the root causes
of the problems. Problems such as joblessness and homelessness
are all too often made worse by the actions (or inaction)
of the state. We value the role of the community and
voluntary sectors in addressing many of these issues.
However, local government still has a central role as
a provider of core services and in co-ordinating the
efforts of the voluntary sector.
Green MSPs will work for the following:
We will introduce a Citizen’s Income Scheme
(CIS) to replace many benefits. It will be paid
universally to cover the basic needs of life, with
supplements paid to pensioners and those with special
needs. The rate at which CIS is paid will be determined
through extensive research. Costs incurred will
be borne from the increased yield from taxes on
resource use and pollution and an increase in rates
of income tax for higher earners.
We will ensure that employers provide greater
support for parents, including greater childcare
provision, more flexible working practices and the
right to work from home where possible. We will
replace the compulsory retirement age with provisions
to allow older people to reduce their working hours
to fit their individual needs.
We will work towards ensuring that married and
unmarried couples – including same-sex couples
– are awarded the same partnership rights
in terms of pensions, inheritance, parenting, adoption,
asylum, legal protection, etc. We will also recognise
the civil registration of partnerships.
We recognise the rights of travelling people, and
will ensure that their needs and views are taken
into account within education and planning systems.
We will enable all schools to offer languages reflecting
Scotland’s cultural and ethnic diversity,
including Gaelic, British Sign Language, Hindi,
Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi, and Chinese languages. 'S
e cùis mhòr glèidhteachas cultair
a tha ann an adhartachadh na Gàidhlig.
We will improve access to additional forms of support
for social economy organisations, including training,
management consultancy, legal and financial services,
and social and environmental auditing services.
We will ensure that public funding to the voluntary
sector comes with allocations for core running costs,
not just project costs.
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